I was once taught an important idea, during a workshop on musical improvisation. I’m still very grateful for it. We were sitting in a circle. At any point, in that circle, the music would start. What we had to do then was ask ourselves ‘what does this need?’. If one…


Image by Sharon Mccutcheon

Today is World Philosophy Day. I confess I didn’t know that until my wonderful friend and colleague Esther Jackson told me, and asked if I wanted to write something about it.

And it is an opportunity to think about what philosophy is, especially now in 2020, during the year that…


INTRODUCTION — WHERE WE ARE

Live theatre, opera, dance and music at every level are under very serious threat. They form an industry disintegrating in the face of continued uncertainty over the timescale for when it will be safe for large gatherings of people to congregate indoors, and the same…


THE VISION

What if, alongside our great theatres and concert halls, the best live performance — theatre, dance, comedy, and music — was woven into local life; what if you didn’t have to travel far to see it, it doesn’t cost the earth, and there was variety and the highest…


Dido and Aeneas at the Vache Baroque Festival 4 and September 2020

Ahead of the Vache Baroque Festival performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, we caught up with director Thomas Guthrie…

Here’s a transcript of some of the things he told us.

‘Dido has been used, as have so many ancient stories, for political propaganda purposes through the history of time. No…


Photo Credit: Håvard Christensen

We asked Thomas Guthrie about his views on making great opera happen. Here’s an excerpt from part one of his reply, taken from a voice recording he made on an early morning lockdown walks.

‘All theatrical story telling, opera included, is on one level simply about solving problems and overcoming…


Royal Opera House 2020 Design Challenge: Bizet’s Carmen. Image credit Annie Spratt

The 2020 Royal Opera House Design Challenge asked Director Thomas Guthrie to devise four Director’s Visions of Bizet’s Carmen for the challenge.

Young budding designers will choose one of them and create their own personal designs.

Thomas Guthrie writes:

Carmen is a tragic story of passion and jealousy set under…


In 2020, as all theatres closed, Tom’s charity Music and Theatre for All had to move all of its work online.

For all those who miss having live theatre in the world, Music and Theatre for All asks Artistic Director Thomas Guthrie for some insight into his process of devising…

Thomas Guthrie

Stories by director, musician, actor, storyteller, and Artistic Director of Music and Theatre for All. “I want to be gripped, to have my imagination inspired”.

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